Wesley Townsend Head

Wesley Townsend Head was born at 9:55 a.m. Saturday, March 10, 2018 at South Peninsula Hospital to Angela and Wes Head of Homer. He weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces. His grandparents are Jan Agosta of Homer and Kelle and Joseph Agosta of Prescott, Arizona. His great-grandmother is Doris Wurth of Fort Worth, Texas. Wesley joins his big brother, Bill Head, of Homer.

Town Crier

The Kachemak Bay Birders’ next trip is to Seaside Farms, Mile 5 East End Road on Sunday, March 18. Meet at 2 p.m. in the parking area at the top of the hill to walk down the hill to birding habitat at Seaside Farms. Bring binoculars, field guide and a spotting scope if you have one. All Kachemak Bay Birding trips are cosponsored by the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. All trips are free and everyone is welcome to attend. The leader for this trip is Jim Herbert, 907-362-0020.

Crafting a handmade life at Homer Folk School

Weaving and fermentation are called folk skills these days, as though from a bygone era. As though, in their dissolving into industrial manufacturing they’ve disappeared entirely, instead of only retreated from sight, outsourced and specialized. Yet while they may seem distant, fermentation and weaving are parts of everyday life. Many drink coffee, beer and wine, use vinegar and soy sauce, and eat cheese, chocolate, and salami, all products of fermentation, as well as have woven clothing, curtains, and rugs. We are just disconnected from their source.

Best Bets

If you’re reading this online from your Maui vacation cottage, Betsteroids, congratulate yourself on escaping for spring break at the right time. Right after you caught the last plane out on March 9, a horrible blizzard blew in, burying downtown Homer in 6 feet of wet, sloppy snow. Eighty mph winds churned that into drifts 20 feet high, blocking the Sterling Highway at Main Street until the National Guard could bring in bulldozers to dig us out. As we write this, Pavehawk helicopters have been landing in the Safeway parking lot to bring in emergency supplies of milk, diapers and bread.

Wildlife photographers close life chapter

Just like a hobbit can take a second breakfast, some people get a second retirement — a closing of a career after previous work. After moving from the Lower 48 and settling in Homer, artists Mary Frische and Tom Collopy this month ended their environmental photography business, Wild North Photography, with a final gallery show at Fireweed Gallery.

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